(‘Bones’ Jones: Nothing but awesome.)
Between his unstoppable takedowns and wildly unorthodox YouTube-influenced striking, Jon Jones has caught the attention of many UFC fans, who see him as one of the future stars of the light-heavyweight division. And after his one-sided mollywhopping of Stephan Bonnar at UFC 94 in January, he’ll be getting another big name to prove himself against. TheGarv has confirmed that Jones will compete next at UFC 100 (July 11th, Las Vegas) where he’ll take on former heavyweight Jake O’Brien. Known primarily as a wrestler, O’Brien most recently won a split-decision over Christian Wellisch during his light-heavyweight debut at UFC 94; before signing with the UFC, he racked up a 7-0 record with all wins by first-round T/KO, but he hasn’t won a fight by stoppage since August 2006. Jones would certainly seem to have an advantage in the standup, and if he can neutralize O’Brien’s wrestling — a very likely scenario — it’ll be Jones’s fight to win.
In other booking news…
— According to FiveOuncesofPain, a rumored welterweight match between Dong Hyun Kim and Jonathan Goulet is now signed for UFC 100. Both fighters are coming off losses, with Kim dropping a lackluster split-decision against Karo Parisyan at UFC 94, and Goulet getting TKO’d in 33 seconds against Mike Swick at December’s "Fight for the Troops" event.
— Wolfslair standout Paul Kelly, who announced that he’d be dropping to lightweight after his decision win over Troy Mandaloniz at last month’s UFC 95, will get a relatively easy first fight at 155. MMA Weekly reports that "Tellys" will be taking on Roli Delgado, the McDojo black belt who lost decisions to George Roop and Junie Browning on TUF 8, before choking out John Polakowski at the finale show in December. Though Delgado’s jiu-jitsu is always a threat, his shaky striking could be a major liability if Kelly can keep the fight standing.